Sunday, 18 September 2016

Il dittongo /eə/

Hi kids!
I've just created a new Quizlet set on the diphthong /eə/. I've used the voice recording option (yeah, yeah... it's my voice!) so you can hear both the British and the American pronunciation. Remember, in American English you will hear the /r/ sound at the end of the word while you won't hear any /r/ sound in British English. Have a look at the videos as well and have fun!

Friday, 1 July 2016

The brain dictionary

Where exactly are the words in your head? Scientists have created an interactive map showing which brain areas respond to hearing different words. The map reveals how language is spread throughout the cortex and across both hemispheres, showing groups of words clustered together by meaning. The beautiful interactive model allows us to explore the complex organisation of the enormous dictionaries in our heads.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

would - conditional tense

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Future Simple - videos

Friday, 4 March 2016

used to

Friday, 13 November 2015

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

verbs used to describe body movements

Here are some verbs used to describe body movements

Quizlet set by QuizletProfzara

Sunday, 15 February 2015

verbs used to describe hand movements

Here are some verbs used to describe movements you can make with your hands or fingers.

Quizlet set  by  Quizlet  Profzara (20 verbs)
wave,  beckon,  scratch,  touch,  point,
poke,  pinch,  punch,  slap,  clap,
snap,  tap,  pat,  tickle,  fidget,
flick,  knock,  stroke,  rub,  shake hands.


Source: English at home

wave = when you move your hand (or hands) in the air to attract attention or to say goodbye   
"I'm over here!" she cried, as she waved her hands in the air.
stroke = use long movements of your hand down someone's skin (or an animal's fur)
"She stroked the cat as it sat on her lap."
tickle = lightly touch someone to make them laugh (because their skin is sensitive)
"She tickled the baby's feet."
pat = touch someone or something lightly with your open hand
"She patted the child gently on his arm and told him not to worry."
slap = use your open hand to hit someone or something
"He slapped at the mosquitoes."
punch = use your closed hand (fist) to hit someone or something
"When he won the match he punched his fist into the air in victory."
rip = tear something using both hands
"He read the letter then ripped it up."
scratch = use your nails on something
"He scratched the insect bite on his arm."
grab = take something quickly with your hand
"There was only one sandwich left on the plate and she grabbed it before her brother could get it."
flick = move something small away from you using your thumb and middle finger
"She flicked away the bug which was moving towards her."

Friday, 13 February 2015

verbs used to describe facial expression - verbs with the eyes

Here are some useful resources to learn verbs that describe facial expressions. 
Have a look!
Animated faces and exercises by LearningChocolate
Quizlet Set (with PICTURES) by QuizletProfzara (18 verbs)

smile,   grin,   laugh,   nod,   shake your head,   
frown,   yawn,   blink,   wink,   
glance,   stare,   glare,   gaze, 
squint, cry, scream, shout, yell

Quizlet Set (with English definition)

List of terms used to describe facial expressions by MACMILLAN DICTIONARY

Some verbs with the eyes:
BLINK (with two eyes)
WINK (with one eye)
STARE (to have a long fixed look, can be aggressive)
GAZE (to have a long look at something. Like STARE but not aggressive)
GLARE (to have a long aggressive look)
PEEK (to have a little look, not necessarily hidden)
PEEP  (to have a little look but hidden)

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Little Things - One Direction

And here's a rrrrreally cute song you can use to revise some vocabulary on physical description.

your hand fits in mine
like it's made just for me
but bear this in mind
it was meant to be
and I’m joining up the dots
with the freckles on your cheeks
and it all makes sense to me

I know you’ve never loved
the crinkles by your eyes
when you smile
you’ve never loved
your stomach or your thighs
the dimples in your back
at the bottom of your spine
but I’ll love them endlessly

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

USA - Capitals & States

Hi kids!
Here are three super-cool videos about USA Capitals & States!
I'm also trying to do some Quizlet flashcards (but I haven't finished the one on capitals yet!)

Friday, 7 September 2012

Getting ready to start

Bene ragazzi, si ricomincia! Ancora una manciata di giorni e saremo di nuovo tutti a scuola, carichi di nuove energie (mi auguro) e pronti per affrontare un altro anno insieme. Se qualcuno di voi è passato di qua durante l'estate avrà visto che ho lavorato ancora un po' a Quizlet, ho preparato un piccolo tutorial e ho creato (con il prezioso aiuto di mia sorella Stefania) una pagina con l'elenco completo degli argomenti. Appena l'aula multimediale sarà pronta ritorneremo alle nostre consuete attività. Nel frattempo, se qualcuno volesse "sgranchirsi" e togliersi un po' di ruggine, vi consiglio di ripassare soprattutto questi argomenti:
8 - parti del discorso che possono fungere da soggetto (alcuni esempi con: pronomi personali, dimostrativi, possessivi, lessico della parentela, genitivo sassone)

Oltre agli argomenti precedenti (mica penserete di avere uno sconto sul programma, vero?) a voi di terza consiglio vivamente di ripassare anche i seguenti argomenti:

9 - malattie 
11 - negozi
Se volete cimentarvi in qualcosa di nuovo (mi rivolgo in particolare ai ragazzi di terza) provate con i colori, ce ne sono ben 32!
See you soon kids!

Thursday, 19 July 2012

In memory of Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino

“The Mafia is not invincible at all. 
It is a human fact and, like all human facts, it has a beginning, 
and it will also have an end. 
But we must realise that it is a very serious phenomenon 
and that you can’t win it claiming heroism on unarmed citizens, 
but engaging in this battle all the best forces of the institutions. "

Giovanni Falcone

Tuesday, 17 July 2012


Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Comparative of majority

Ciao ragazzi! 
Ancora qualcosa sul comparativo. 

move, eat, learn

Rosa's blog is always a great source of inspiration. 
I found some interesting videos that can help us learn/revise three important verbs: move, eat, learn.

move = muovere / muoversi, spostarsi / trascolare, trasferirsi

eat = mangiare

learn = imparare, apprendere


Friday, 25 May 2012

Moves Like Jagger

Hi kids,
you know about my passion for Kinetic Typography
Here are some really cool videos, I hope you like them!

Monday, 21 May 2012

Comparativo di maggioranza - FIGHTER by Christina Aguilera

Hi kids, 
here's the video of the song by Christina Aguilera we listened to last Saturday.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

MORE & LESS with Sesame Street

Hi kids, 
click here if you want to have a look at the video we watched this morning. Enjoy!
You can find the text below.

OK… here you go Bert old buddy. 
Good, Good…
Now you see.. this right here is your delicious glass of ice-cold grape juice,
and this one here is my delicious  glass of ice-cold grape juice,
and  this one right here is your delicious piece of cheese sausage anchovy and pepperoni pizza, you see?
and this one right here is my delicious piece of cheese sausage  anchovy and pepperoni pizza.
You see? So, ready  Bert?
No, Ernie, Ernie…  No I’m…
Is there something wrong?
Yes, something is very wrong Ernie. I’ll tell you what.
Put  that pizza down please and just take a look at MY glass of grape juice…  
and now take a look at YOUR glass of grape juice…  
Now take a look at MY plate of pizza
now take a look at YOUR plate of pizza.
Yes, Bert… so?
It all looks delicious Bert, do you mind if I eat?
Yes, I do mind Ernie… Ernie!
Yes, I DO MIND, you see because
you have much  MORE PIZZA on your plate than I have on my plate.
And you have much MORE grape juice in your glass than I have in my glass. 
I wonder how that happened Ernie!
Hmmm…  Jee… Bert you mean, you mean that I have MORE pizza here.
and I have MORE grape juice there, is that what you mean Bert?
That’s exactly what I mean Ernie, I have LESS pizza than you have,
and I have LESS grape juice than you have.
I have LESS and you have MORE
Oh… Hey Bert, that’s very easy to fix Bert, don’t worry about it, listen, I can take care of that!
Ernie  I don’t mean to fix it THAT way!
Ernie… Is that your idea of fixing it Ernie?
Here you go Bert, see that? See that? Now it’s all done, it’s all fixed. See?
Now look at your plate and look at my plate… and look at your glass, and look at my glass.
I don’t understand…
Now look, no no… just a second… now you see, now you have MORE delicious grape juice…  see that?
and I have LESS delicious grape juice, you see?
and you have MORE delicious pizza and I have LESS delicious pizza.  You see that Bert?
But  matter of fact Bert, wait a second, that’s not right. 
You shouldn’t have MORE and I have LESS.
But  Ernie you just ate…
I think I’d better fix this…
But you just drank…
I’ll eat some of yours Bert… Here we go…
Enjoy Ernie…

Friday, 11 May 2012

Prince Charles turns BBC Scotland weatherman

Durante una visita negli studi televisivi della BBC, in occasione dei 60 anni dell’emittente, il Principe Carlo ha letto leprevisioni del tempo. L’autore del testo ha scherzosamente inserito alcune delle più importanti residenze della famiglia reale. Nel video noterete che a un certo punto Carlo si accorge di questo “scherzetto”, prima se ne esce con un “huh huh” di stupore e poco dopo aggiunge “who the hell wrote this script?” ovvero “chi diavolo cha scritto questo testo"?
Buona visione!

Per la trascrizione e la tabella qui sotto ringrazio Bren Brennan, uno degli autori di "the English Blog" (pubblicato da SGI) un blog molto utile e ben fatto che vi consiglio di visitare.

Well it’s an unsettled picture as we head towards the end of the week. 
This afternoon it’ll be cold, wet and windy across most of Scotland. 
We are under the influence of low pressure and this weather front pushing northwards is bringing clouds and outbreaks of rain
The rain, of course, will be heaviest over the borders and around Edinburgh, where it could lead to difficult conditions on the roads
In the west, rain will be lighter and patchier with maybe a few drier interludes over Dumfries House in Ayrshire. There will be snow for the higher ground of the Highlands and Aberdeenshire. There will be the potential for a few flurries over Balmoral…who the hell wrote this script! as the afternoon goes on.
The best of the drier and brighter weather will, of course, be over the northern isles and far north of the mainland. 
So a little hazy sunshine for the Castle of Mey and Caithness. But a cold day everywhere with temperatures of just eight celsius and a brisk north easterly wind.
Thank God it isn’t a bank holiday!

Weather Forecast vocabulary

changeable: the weather will be changing a lot – sometimes good, sometimes bad
under the influence
We are experiencing: We are having
weather front
a body of weather: can also say ‘cold front’ or ‘warm front’
outbreaks of rain
rain that starts suddenly, usually not for a long time
difficult conditions on the roads
not easy to drive because of the amount of water
small bursts of rain, only in some areas
drier interludes
small periods of time without rain
short periods of rain in windy conditions
hazy sunshine
sunshine that is not 100% (difficult to describe!!!)
fast and strong